What's in a Name - Gilbert Creek Gardens
When you start something new one of the hardest things is deciding on a name, at least for me anyway. It was the same way trying to name our Bristol, because once you set the chosen name in motion there is no take backs. I mean I have a hard time helping Bristol name her dolls even. Luckly, Blake has this unusual gift of finding the perfect name. Reason number 4720945 why God perfectly chose him for me.
Gilbert Creek Gardens was no different and as we were out plowing up the field, preparing the soil with some cow manure before we planted a single flower, we started brainstorming and throwing names around. Blake once again threw out a perfect name - Gilbert Creek Gardens.
Asking my pops and mom about the Gilbert Creek I realized it was the perfect name. One reason is Gilbert Creek's proximal location to the farm, which is why my practical and smart hubby said it I am sure. Another reason is after getting to talk to my mother, Gilbert Creek is where she spent many days exploring and riding her horse. If you know my mother, many would not guess that fishing, giggin' crawdad's with a piece of bacon, and exploring through the fields surrounding the farm she grew up. I mean she is kind of the cheerleader girly girl in high school type. So I am impressed and thankful I got to grow up in that same location exploring nature and doing many of the same things she did as a child.
So then I did a little digging and after some research on how Gilbert Creek was named, I found that this creek is about 20 miles long and starts southwest of Burkburnett and runs East where it runs near Gilbert Creek Gardens, through Perkins Scout Camp and eventually dumps into the Red River. Gilbert Creek was named after a settler at the mouth (where it dumps into the Red River) named Mabel Gilbert who came to Wichita County and settled near an old Spanish fort on a river bluff overlooking the Red River. Can you imagine the sunsets?
Mabel Gilbert was a ex-riverboat captain, a businessman, farmer, Indian fighter, and pioneer. To think that he would leave his comfortable life in Tennessee where he had land inherited from his parents to be a pioneer in North Texas is sort of mind blowing to me. Once he settled in the northeastern part of the county, conflict with Indians caused him to relocate and it wasn't until 1868 that he returned and he owned 3, 887 acres which some of this land became the Boomtown - Burkburnett oilfield.
He died of pneumonia at his farm in March 1870 and is buried somewhere which is now the Perkins Scout Camp located East of Burkburnett. The scout camp has a replica log cabin and a historical marker honoring Gilbert. I found some images and information from the WICHITA COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION.
I love that Gilbert Creek Gardens is named after this person that settled in my hometown that I love so much, Burkburnett. Gilbert was a business man and was met with immediate success when he came to Texas. I can only pray that this little flower farm is met with success as well.
So that is your Sunday's history lesson! I hope you all have a great week!